New Books

1 March, 2021

THE REBEL NUN

Marj Charlier’s The Rebel Nun is based on the true story of Clotild, the daughter of a sixth-century king and his concubine, who leads a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the medieval church. (Blackstone Publishing, March 2021)

At that time, women are afforded few choices in life: prostitution, motherhood, or the cloister. Only the latter offers them any kind of independence. By the end of the sixth century, even this is eroding as the church begins to eject women from the clergy and declares them too unclean to touch sacramental objects or even their priest-husbands.

Craving the legitimacy thwarted by her bastard status, Clotild seeks to become the next abbess of the female Monastery of the Holy Cross, the most famous of the women’s cloisters of the early Middle Ages. When the bishop of Poitiers blocks her appointment and seeks to control the nunnery himself, Clotild masterminds an escape, leading a group of uncloistered nuns on a dangerous pilgrimage to beg her royal relatives to intercede on their behalf. But the bishop refuses to back down, and a bloody battle ensues. Will Clotild and her sisters succeed with their quest, or will they face excommunication, possibly even death?

In the only historical novel written about the incident, The Rebel Nun is a richly imagined story about a truly remarkable heroine.

Reviews:

The Rebel Nun is a boldly imagined story of one early medieval woman’s struggle against the societal forces that constrained her. It draws on historical sources that briefly mention — and condemn — the insurrection that two noble nuns led within their abbey, in Poitiers, in 589.  Marj Charlier imagines the incident from the perspective of one of these nuns, the noblewoman Clothild, and embeds these events within the larger story of Clothild’s life. The result is an engaging and thought-provoking tale.” —Samantha Kahn Herrick, Associate Professor of History, Syracuse University

”Marj Charlier takes an obscure sixth-century tale and turns it into a stunning story of a nun caught up in the misogyny of the early Christian church. Led by Clotild, a king’s bastard daughter, a group of nuns attempts to rescue their monastery from the all-male church hierarchy. Extensively researched and rich in historical detail, The Rebel Nun tells of a time when women were chattel, when priests questioned whether females had souls. Charlier’s artfully written account of Clotild’s struggle to save her medieval sisterhood from the dominance of kings and bishops is a perfect novel for today’s women.” — Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author

”Vividly imagines one of the most fascinating events to occur in sixth-century Gaul, bringing into focus the complexity of the early centuries of Western Christianity as the Church struggled to define its positions on clerical celibacy, the role of women, pre-Christian traditions, and its relationship to secular power. Scholars have long been fascinated with Gregory of Tours’s account of how a rebellion of nuns from the monastery of the Holy Cross in Poitiers supposedly resulted in acts of murder, plunder, and unplanned pregnancies. It is a moment that has been calling out for a writer to do it justice in a work of historical fiction, but which feat no one has dared to attempt — until now. Marj Charlier’s The Rebel Nun brings the sights, sounds, and smells of this event and its aftermath to life in a richly imagined story that is firmly rooted in equal parts rigorous historical research and inspired, creative imagination.” —Dorsey Armstrong, PhD, professor of English/medieval studies at Purdue University, and lecturer for The Great Courses (”The Medieval World,” ”The Black Death,” and others)

”What could lead nuns to armed rebellion?…This thoughtful imagining of the underlying causes and characters involved in the revolt centers on Clotild, the leader of the insurrection…Charlier carefully constructs a narrative that positions Clotild, a pagan at heart despite her outward piety, as a reluctant revolutionary who pushes for fairness in a Christian world increasingly dominated by men. With power available to so few women, Clotild dares to imagine freedom, despite its cost.” —Booklist

The Rebel Nun is a gripping, well-told story of women fighting against a church and society dominated by men who are determined to defeat them in body and spirit. A great tale that will immerse you in a world so different — and not so different — from our own.” —Philip Freeman, Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture at Pepperdine University, author of Saint Brigid’s Bones

The Rebel Nun is a wildly original, suspenseful account of a group of nuns in medieval France who must endure hardships and treachery from both outside and within their walls. It feels both historically authentic and startlingly contemporary, and I loved every word of it.” —Elizabeth Stuckey-French, author of The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady

The Rebel Nun is a gripping tale of heroism and audacity in the least likely of guises — a renowned cloister under the heel of the medieval church. With meticulous research and in exacting detail, Marj Charlier brings to light the remarkable exploits of Clotild, who leads her fellow sisters on a daring escape that culminates in bloody revolt, and a place in history.” —Denise Heinze, author of The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew

”The story of a community of women in crisis and the power they found through their will to save themselves, The Rebel Nun tells the fictional truth behind the historical rebellion of the Holy Cross nuns in 589 CE, as recounted in her latter days by one of the rebellion’s leaders, Clotild … Rich in facts and foreshadowing, the historical novel The Rebel Nun finds in the nuns’ rebellion, and in Germanic tribal paganism, an inspirational morality tale and historical precedent for modern women to connect with their own powers, no matter the stakes.” —Foreword Reviews

The Rebel Nun is a well-written window into the life of a sixth-century royal bastard and the changing landscape of holy power structures. Charlier writes a strong voice for Clotild, with vivid descriptions of a daily life that brings readers along into her world. The research shows, and Charlier does an excellent job of seamlessly integrating the historical record with her own fiction.” —Historical Novels Review


19 January, 2021

GOLDEN STATE, Ben H. Wintesr

Now in paperback from Mulholland Books!

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist Ben H. Winters comes a mind-bending novel set in a world governed by absolute truth, where lies are as dangerous as murder.
In a strange alternate society that values law and truth above all else, Laszlo Ratesic is a nineteen-year veteran of the Speculative Service. He lives in the Golden State, a nation standing where California once did, a place where like-minded Americans retreated after the erosion of truth and the spread of lies made public life and governance impossible.
In the Golden State, knowingly contradicting the truth is the greatest crime — and stopping those crimes is Laz’s job. In its service, he is one of the few individuals permitted to harbor untruths, to “speculate” on what might have happened.
But the Golden State is less of a paradise than its name might suggest. To monitor, verify, and enforce the truth requires a veritable panopticon of surveillance and recording. And when those in control of the facts twist them for nefarious means, the Speculators are the only ones with the power to fight back.

“At a time in the real world when everybody seems to own their version of the truth and phrases like “alternative facts” are used to cover falsehoods, Golden State is, no lie, a fascinating examination that takes fidelity and correctness down a freaky Orwellian path.”―USA Today

“Winters has a knack for creating appealing detective fictions that skew reality in thought-provoking ways, producing a hybrid of the familiar and the uncanny. . . . As you read, you feel your perception of the world slipping and warping. Winters brilliantly imagines the quotidian manifestations of a truth-obsessed culture.”

Washington Post

“Once again, Ben H. Winters creates a world cleverly skewed a few crucial degrees from our own. . . . Winters is well aware of the tropes of dystopian noir, and it is fun to watch him mix and match them to good effect. . . . The detective plot works well, but it is in its questioning of the nature of truth and falsehood that the novel excels. . . . Smart, intricate and propulsive, Golden State is proof that Winters deserves our continued attention as one of crime fiction’s most inventive practitioners.”―San Francisco Chronicle

“Mr. Winters has won major awards in both the mystery and speculative-fiction genres. The brain-teasing Golden State exists in a space where those two forms coexist. As a consequence, a sympathetic reader’s imaginings may persist long after the book’s puzzles have been solved.”―Wall Street Journal

“Nothing speaks to the power of a weapon like it inspiring a work of speculative fiction, and Ben H. Winter’s Golden State is the dystopian take on the new tool of war du jour: lies.”―Paste Magazine, ‘One of the Best Books of January’

“In Golden State, Winters has fashioned a wry commentary on our current era of fake news.”

The Guardian [UK]

“An entertaining new take on the venerable genre-blending of noir and science fiction.”

The Los Angeles Review of Books

“Like any good dystopian yarn, Golden State shows . . . how any organization or government can warp good intentions into truly harmful ones.”―The Verge

“An entertaining, unpredictable read.”Financial Times

“A perfectly poised ontological-thriller-comedy-dystopian-allegorical-page-turner, yet with tenderly real characters in its chewy center, this turned out to be just the thing I was looking for.”

Jonathan Lethem

Ben H. Winters is the New York Times bestselling author of Underground Airlines and the Last Policeman trilogy. The second novel in the trilogy, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick award. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award and was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Amazon.com and Slate. Ben lives with his family in Los Angeles, CA.


4 January, 2021

THE RULE OF ST. BENEDICT, Philip Freeman

The Rule of St. Benedict has governed monastic communities for centuries, but it is far more than a standard religious text. The Rule is, above all, a handbook for living a deliberate life―no matter your religious background or beliefs. It teaches the importance of contemplation and silence, of solitude, and the power of community and unity.

With lessons focusing on the simple acts of everyday life, like eating and daily work, along with wisdom for the deeply personal and internal facets of living, such as cultivating humility and practicing forgiveness, The Rule of St. Benedict is a profound guide to living a good and meaningful life.

An award-winning translator, Philip Freeman’s version of The Rule is beautifully accessible in its language. With a simple and direct style, the book lays out a way of living that is transformative in its simplicity and striking in its power. It was released by St. Martin’s Essentials in December 2020.

Praise for The Rule of St. Benedict:

“The same desire that accompanied men and women to the first European monasteries, drive many of us today to the spiritual riches of St. Benedict and his famous Rule. And there is no better guide than Philip Freeman. Highly recommended!” ―Jon M. Sweeney, author of St. Francis of Assisi: His Life, Teachings, and Practice

Praise for Phillip Freeman:
“Philip Freeman brings sexy back in Searching for Sappho.” ―Vanity Fair

“Freeman’s book is full of light and life, and readers seeking an accessible introduction to this marvelous poet need look no further.” ―Wall Street Journal

About the Author

ST. BENEDICT OF NURSIA is a Christian saint born in 480. He is best known for his Rule which he wrote in 516 to guide and instruct monks living together in community.

PHILIP FREEMAN earned a PhD from Harvard University and currently holds an endowed chair in humanities at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He has published over twenty books on ancient and medieval history and religion, including works on Celtic mythology and St. Patrick.


16 December, 2020

THE PECULIAR FATE OF HOLLY BANKS, Julie Valerie

A wife, mother, and aspiring filmmaker clings to the pursuit of perfection only to have fate play with every plan she’s made in this quirky, contemplative, and empowering novel.

Holly Banks is on a desperate mission to have it all, but nothing in life goes according to plan. She’s quickly learning that keeping up with the Joneses is a full-time job, especially when the women of Primm, her new neighborhood, seem to have it together all the time.

With her husband’s job in flux, her daughter’s difficulty with learning to read, and her mother’s new zest for dating, Holly’s life is already anything but picture perfect. Then her dog digs up an old artifact in the village center, and the mishap draws the attention of local media. Because of course it would.

Holly finds herself at the center of a mystery between two rival towns that, if solved, could change the Village of Primm forever. Attention is the last thing she needs as she’s launching a new business, the village-wide “Parade of Homes” is approaching—though she’s hardly unpacked—and she needs to submit her entry for an upcoming film festival. Can Holly still create her perfect (looking) life? Or is fate about to go off script and give her a story she never could have imagined?

THE PECULIAR FATE OF HOLLY BANKS (November 2020) is the second book in the Village of Primm series, following HOLLY BANKS FULL OF ANGST (December 2019).

Reviews

“Picking up where Valerie’s first novel, Holly Banks Full of Angst, left off, this will fit right in with loyal Kinsella readers, fans of Tom Perotta’s Mrs. Fletcher, and those who enjoyed the suburban intrigue of the Netflix show Dead to Me.” Booklist

“Valerie combines laugh-out-loud situations with heart as Holly navigates her newest challenges…Recommended for those who enjoy reading about relatable heroines and parents who are trying to have it all.” Library Journal

“Both down to earth and beautifully surreal, Holly Banks’s latest adventure is a story about courage, family, and friendship that had me hooked from the very first page.” —Lea Geller, author of Trophy Life

About the Author

Julie Valerie is the bestselling author of Holly Banks Full of Angst, book 1 in the Village of Primm series. She serves on the board of directors for James River Writers; earned an editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School; and has a master’s degree in education, a bachelor of fine arts in fashion, and certification in wilderness first aid. A former trend forecaster, Julie enjoys books, the study of wine, hikes on the Appalachian Trail, and travel. She married her college sweetheart, and they live in Virginia with their four children and two English Labradors. Learn more about Julie at https://julievalerie.com.


15 November, 2020

MANAGE YOUR MENOPAUSE NATURALLY, Maryon Stewart

Find Yourself Again with a Natural Approach to a Natural Transition

Menopause is too often treated as a problem to be solved or an illness to be cured, not the natural process it is. Now, with the publication of MANAGE YOUR MENOPAUSE NATURALLY (New World Library, November 2020), it doesn’t have to be that way.  World-renowned healthcare expert Maryon Stewart outlines her wonderfully comprehensive and practical Six-Week Natural Menopause Solution with steps that women can take to feel better right away. Detailed questionnaires help you assess which areas of your life most need addressing — from brain fogginess and mood swings to painful sex, weight gain, and complexion issues. Maryon then shows you exactly what to do, nutritionally and in other areas of your life, to overcome symptoms. The powerful results of Maryon’s program don’t end after six weeks; instead, they point the way toward not just a good life, but a life that’s better than ever.  The book contains a foreword by Emmanuela Wolloch, MD FACOG.

Reviews

“It is fair to say that as a former primary care doctor, taught to believe that HRT [hormone replacement therapy] was the only solution for menopausal symptoms, I am now a total convert to ‘managing your menopause naturally.’ My own symptoms were not helped at all by several attempts with various forms of HRT, but after just three weeks of Maryon’s program they had almost disappeared — and they have stayed away! Thank you, Maryon, and your team.”
— Dr. Vivienne McVey, CEO, Virgin Care

“This is an excellent book providing an overall holistic approach to the management of menopause. It should prove to be very valuable to all women who are experiencing the myriad symptoms of menopause that they wish to manage in a nonmedicalized fashion, with practical and sensible tips that should be easy to implement. Even for those who wish to consider HRT, the advice Maryon Stewart provides is invaluable!”
— Sushma Srikrishna, MD, FRCOG, consultant urogynecologist, King’s College Hospital, London

“As doctors we haven’t been educated about alternative routes through menopause. As many women want or need to manage naturally, it’s important they have adequate knowledge. In Manage Your Menopause Naturally, Maryon Stewart brings together the world literature and, based on her successful approach that has been helping women overcome their symptoms for twenty-eight years, provides women with step-by-step instructions and tools to manage their perimenopause and menopause naturally, as well as future-proofing their health in the longer term.”
— Dr. Hina Pathak Sra, MA (Hons), Oxon, MBBS, MRCOG, Director, Harley Street Specialists

“Maryon Stewart is the go-to expert for resolving menopause challenges naturally, and I can’t recommend her or this book highly enough. Her wisdom, expertise, heart, and compassion are unparalleled, and I’m so grateful this book will help her work reach more women. It’s time to release the big fat lies about menopause and reclaim the second half of life with joy and enthusiasm. We deserve it, and Maryon is the perfect guide!”
— Amy Ahlers, author of Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves and coauthor of Reform Your Inner Mean Girl

“As a menopause specialist, I know that hormone treatment is not always sufficient to treat menopausal symptoms. Women need holistic care, and many women are looking for a natural approach. Here, Maryon Stewart lays out her successful program, based on published medical research. In Manage Your Menopause Naturally, Maryon generously shares information from her Natural Menopause Solution so that women everywhere can use the knowledge to reclaim their well-being.”
— Dr. Tania Adib, consultant gynecologist, clinical lead of the Menopause Clinic, the Lister Hospital, London

“The important thing for me, as a practicing gynecologist, about Maryon’s work is that it is evidence-based. This book is a fantastic place for every woman to start when faced with menopause and decisions about how to be their ‘best self’ for the next forty years. Maryon’s balanced tone and obvious passion make her book a compelling read and her advice a pleasure to implement.”
— Dr. Karen Morton, MA, MRCP, FRCOG, consultant gynecologist and founder of Dr Morton’s — The Medical Helpline©

About the Author

Maryon Stewart, with more than twenty-eight years of study and expertise, is known as a pioneer of the natural menopause movement. She coaches women in understanding the information, tools, and techniques needed to overcome the symptoms of menopause and has written twenty-seven popular self-help books published in the UK. Maryon was awarded a British Empire Medal in 2018. She divides her time between Florida, New York City, and London.

10 November, 2020

QUARANTINE! How I Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis, Gay Courter

A passenger’s story of fighting for her—and everyone else’s—rescue from the cruise ship with the first major outbreak of COVID-19 outside China.

What happens when you find yourself at the epicenter of a global crisis over a contagious new virus? Bestselling writer Gay Courter and her filmmaker husband learned the answer to that question in early February 2020, just as they were about to disembark from the Diamond Princess in Tokyo after a dazzling two-week southeast Asian cruise.

Weeks before lockdowns and social distancing became the new normal, the Courters and their shipmates suddenly found themselves trapped in a posh penitentiary—courtesy of the Japanese Ministry of Health.

Confined to their cabin and its balcony, they watched in terror as more and more sick and contagious passengers were loaded into ambulances and the world’s press swarmed the port.

Rather than passively endure their nightmare-come-true, they launched a campaign to get themselves and everyone else off the ship. With the help of the global media and some well-placed connections, they managed to influence high-ranking U.S. government officials—right up to and including the White House—to bring everyone home to safety.

Quarantine! is the insider’s book on the Diamond Princess episode, a suspenseful real-life drama recounting Gay and Phil’s twelve-day ordeal aboard ship, their tenacious efforts to get the U.S. government to repatriate them and other Americans, and their additional fifteen-day quarantine under federal order behind chain-link fencing at the pointedly less-than-posh Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

The COVID-19 crisis has affected the entire world. In her inimitable, long-admired voice, Gay Courter tells how it feels to wonder if you will be the next victim.

QUARANTINE! How I Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis was published by Post Hill Press in November 2020.

For updates on Phil Courter’s documentary, Quarantine! How We Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis, visit quarantinediamondprincess.com

Gay Courter is the author of many bestselling novels including THE MIDWIFE and CODE EZRA.

 


20 October, 2020

The Man of the Crowd: Edgar Allan Poe and the City, by Scott Peeples with photographs by Michelle Van Parys

“Scott Peeples has plumbed the deep psychic landscape of Poe with passion and skill, bringing us back to his writing again and again with fresh insights. The Man of the Crowd is beautifully written and remarkably adroit. A major accomplishment.” — Jay Parini, author of Robert Frost and Empire of Self: A Life of Fore Vidal

How four American cities shaped Poe’s life and writings

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849) changed residences about once a year throughout his life. Driven by a desire for literary success and the pressures of supporting his family, Poe sought work in American magazines, living in the cities that produced them. Scott Peeples chronicles Poe’s rootless life in the cities, neighborhoods, and rooms where he lived and worked, exploring how each new place left its enduring mark on the writer and his craft.

Poe wrote short stories, poems, journalism, and editorials with urban readers in mind. He witnessed urban slavery up close, living and working within a few blocks of slave jails and auction houses in Richmond and among enslaved workers in Baltimore. In Philadelphia, he saw an expanding city struggling to contain its own violent propensities. At a time when suburbs were just beginning to offer an alternative to crowded city dwellings, he tried living cheaply on the then-rural Upper West Side of Manhattan, and later in what is now the Bronx. Poe’s urban mysteries and claustrophobic tales of troubled minds and abused bodies reflect his experiences living among the soldiers, slaves, and immigrants of the American city.

Featuring evocative photographs by Michelle Van Parys, The Man of the Crowd challenges the popular conception of Poe as an isolated artist living in a world of his own imagination, detached from his physical surroundings. The Poe who emerges here is a man whose outlook and career were shaped by the cities where he lived, longing for a stable home.


15 October, 2020

CLOUDS – A Memoir, by Laura Sobiech

Originally published as Fly a Little Higher and now updated and revised to coincide with the film release of Clouds, Laura Sobiech tells the amazing, true story behind the song and the movie.

“Okay, Lord, you can have him. But if he must die, I want it to be for something big. I want someone’s life to be changed forever.” This is what Laura Sobiech prayed when she found out her seventeen-year-old son had only one year to live. With this desperate prayer, she released her son to God’s will.

At that point, Zach Sobiech was just another teenager battling cancer. When his mother told him to think about writing goodbye letters to family and friends, he decided instead to write songs. One of them, “Clouds,” captured hearts and changed lives, making him an international sensation.

This story is a testament to what can happen when you live as if each day might be your last. It’s a story about the human spirit. It shows how God used a dying boy from a small town in Minnesota to touch the hearts of millions—including top executives in the entertainment industry, major music artists, news anchors, talk show hosts, actors, priests and pastors, and schoolchildren across the globe. And above all, it’s an example of the amazing things that happen when someone shares the most precious thing he has—himself.

“I’m not a musician; I’m just a filmmaker, and my prayer is that you get an opportunity—both through the reading of this beautiful book and the watching of our film based on it—to experience what I will fail to put into words: the magic and inspiration of Zachary David Sobiech.”

—Justin Baldoni, filmmaker and director of Clouds


8 October, 2020

MAKE YOUR CASE: Finding Your Win in Civil Court, Tanya Acker

“Tanya Acker lays out a common sense approach to deciding when to go―or not to go―to court. Make Your Case is straightforward and an invaluable resource from someone with the legal insight to tell it like it is.”
―Judge Judy Sheindlin

Tanya Acker, co-star of the nationally syndicated and Emmy-nominated show Hot Bench, demystifies civil litigation―from common lawsuits to new cases emanating from Covid-19 and looting (tenant vs. landlord rent disputes, small business damage, and more)―and lays out an expert’s guide to legal proceedings inside the courtroom and out, giving readers professional insider information they need to find THEIR WIN in a lawsuit.

Millions of people end up in civil court each year. They assume going to court is the next logical step in their fight, but they often have little idea about how the court system works or what they can reasonably expect of it. They make poorly informed judgments about whether court is the best option for solving a problem, what kind of solutions it can provide, and why it proceeds in the (sometimes) counterintuitive way it does.

They think “winning” is only about the judgment or verdict rendered by judge or jury. Those “wins” are great―but if you don’t know what the process can exact from you or why it works as it does, that blind procession to victory can end up costing you your real win.

In Make Your Case, Tanya Acker cuts straight to the essentials, providing curated, targeted information based on her extensive experience regarding exactly what people want to know: what happens during court proceedings and why, and how to best prepare for it―or how to avoid court entirely and find a better way.

Be smart. Be ready. Make your case.

Tanya Acker received her B.A. at Howard University and graduated from Yale Law School in 1995. Straddling legal work in government and private practice, Acker has worked at the Office of the White House Counsel, the Civil Rights Division in the US Department of Justice, and also for some of the nation’s top tier private law firms. She served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson on the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals and has also maintained a commitment to pro bono work, receiving the ACLU’s First Amendment Award for championing the homeless. You can catch her every day on the Emmy-nominated CBS show Hot Bench. She lives with her husband and her dog, Max, in Los Angeles, California.


28 September, 2020

MANIPULATED: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth, Theresa Payton

Cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton tells battlefront stories from the global war being conducted through clicks, swipes, internet access, technical backdoors and massive espionage schemes in MANIPULATED:  Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2020).   She investigates the cyberwarriors who are planning tomorrow’s attacks, weaving a fascinating yet bone-chilling tale of Artificial Intelligent mutations carrying out attacks without human intervention, “deepfake” videos that look real to the naked eye, and chatbots that beget other chatbots. Finally, Payton offers readers telltale signs that their most fundamental beliefs are being meddled with and actions they can take or demand that corporations and elected officials must take before it is too late.

Payton reveals:

  • How digital voting machines, voting online, and automatic registration may boost turnout but make us more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
  • How trolls from Russia and other nations actively stroke discord among Americans in falsely-generated controversies over race relations, vaccinations, fracking, and other social issues.
  • Whether what we have uncovered from the Mueller investigation so far is only what they wanted us to know.
With decades of experience in cyber conflict, Payton is the perfect guide to help us understand our new era of hacked elections and non-stop disinformation campaigns. Fortunately, MANIPULATED doesn’t stop there: Payton gives us a call to action and clear recommendations for how individual citizens, big tech corporations, governments, and the international community of democratic nations can push back and win.
– Emilian Papadopoulos, President, Good Harbor Cyber Security Risk Management

“MANIPULATED covers riveting explorations of events over the past decade as well as current happenings not in the public eye.  Theresa has a keen sense of extrapolating today’s cybercrime methods into tomorrow’s unknown threat vectors.  She leaves everyone with hope by providing the reader with a how to guide to deflect manipulation campaigns.” 

Scott Schober, CEO of BVS, Author, Cyber Expert.
 “Theresa Payton’s experience, intelligence, and passion reach off the pages of MANIPULATED to shake our shoulders and us up. This isn’t fiction, and it isn’t a movie script, it is a testimonial aimed to clear the fog in our information-overloaded world, and demand that we go back to our foundations – that truth is a requirement and needs tending, that foreign interference isn’t acceptable in how we make free choices, and that we’re not bystanders.  Read this book, twice, and see her justification for the included blueprints to big tech, governments, and all of us to restore those essential foundations.  Apathy, ignorance, and misperception are what others want, Payton wants quite the opposite.”
John N. Stewart, SVP, Chief Security and Trust Officer CISCO

MANIPULATED begins each chapter with a brief fictionalized story about what’s going on out there among hackers, politicians, criminals, and others, creating a ‘spy thriller’ thread throughout the book. Chapters then go into different aspects of digital manipulation, exploring real life situations and examples taken from today’s headlines and behind-the-scenes experiences of the author. — Haiyan Song, Silicon Valley Executive in Cyber Security

“Anyone that reads the news, watches TV or is on social networks needs to read this book! You are being manipulated and this book gives you the tools to recognize when you’re being manipulated and how to stop it!” – Eric Anderson, Cyber Security Leader, Seattle

“MANIPULATED traces the rise of disinformation in today’s connected world and why the problem for free and open societies is only becoming more acute.  While covert influence has been a feature of statecraft in modern history, what’s new is the ease and scale that nation-states – or private groups – can mislead audiences, distort truth, besmirch brands, foment political strife or agitate social cleavages with a few well-placed socket puppets and amplification networks.  Having been on the front lines of cyber intelligence for two decades, Theresa offers tangible solutions to safeguard the information commons and protect our digital world.” – Andrew McClure Principal, ForgePoint Capital
About the Author:  Theresa Payton is one of the nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity and IT strategy.  As CEO of Fortalice Solutions, an industry-leading security consulting company, and co-founder of Dark Cubed, a cybersecurity product company, Theresa is a proven leader and influencer who works with clients and colleagues to uncover strategic opportunities and identify new and emerging threats. Following executive roles at Bank of America and Wachovia, Theresa served as the first female chief information officer at the White House during the Bush administration. In 2015, she was named a William J. Clinton distinguished lecturer by the Clinton School of Public Service. She is the co-author with Ted Claypoole of PRIVACY IN THE AGE OF BIG DATA and PROTECTING YOUR INTERNET IDENTITY. Theresa was named by Security Magazine as one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security, and One of Infosec’s Rising Stars and Hidden Gems by Tripwire.